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Thursday,  12/30/04  11:15 PM

We had some good friends over tonight, drinking Merlot, eating Shirley's pizza, talking about life.  Second time this week.  Doesn't get much better than that.

Ellen MacArthur - B&QSailing Anarchy: Is there any stopping Big Mac?  Ellen MacArthur continues her assault on the solo around-the-world record, she's currently halfway there and two days ahead of schedule.  Nice boat :)

flooded 110 freewayIt seems a bit petty to post pictures of flooding in Los Angeles after what's happened in the Indian Ocean, but we are having rain.  I guess it's a good thing, we need the water, and it sure makes it feel like winter.  Whew.  [ via ]

Amazon's relief counter for tsunami aid is now at $7M.  That's from over 100,000 individual donations.  Amazing.  Even more amazing; load that page, and then click refresh a few times.  You can watch people donating in realtime; something like 10 donations per second, right now...  The estimated death toll keeps rising, it is now over 110,000.

Merlin Mann: A Year of Getting Things Done, Part I.  "Far and away, my best takeaway has been the idea of the next action.  Leaning to identify the absolute next physical action that will keep a project moving has been a godsend to the way I think about, plan, and execute my work."  Great introspection about productivity.  [ via Cory Doctorow ]

micrograph of marigold petalsCheck out this awesome gallery of microscopic images!  Just beautiful.

Hack-a-day: How to record on your iPod (for free).  Of possible interest to those who want to record on their iPod.  Personally I use it as an output-only device.  I like the directions: 1) install podzilla on your iPod, 2) boot into Linux.  Yep, you got that right, boot into Linux on your iPod.  Whew.

Chris Anderson, editor of Wired Magazine and author of the long tail, wonders is DRM evil?  In response to Cory Doctorow's comments that Wired should be harder on DRM.  And then Cory responds back.  So what do you think, is DRM evil?  I link, you decide.

Want my opinion?  Of course you do.  Well I think it doesn't matterDRM doesn't work, period.  So arguing about whether it is good or bad or somewhere in between is irrelevant.  The digital genie is out of the bottle.


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The Tyranny of Email
Unnatural Selection
On Blame
Try, or Try Not
Books and Wine
Emergent Properties
God and Beauty
Moving Mount Fuji
The Nest
Rock 'n Roll
IQ and Populations
Are You a Bright?
Adding Value
The Joy of Craftsmanship
The Emperor's New Code
Toy Story
The Return of the King
Religion vs IQ
In the Wet
solving bongard problems
visiting Titan
unintelligent design
the nuclear option
estimating in meatspace
second gear
On the Persistence of Bad Design...
Texas chili cookoff
almost famous design and stochastic debugging
may I take your order?
universal healthcare
triple double
New Yorker covers
Death Rider! (da da dum)
how did I get here (Mt.Whitney)?
the Law of Significance
Holiday Inn
Daniel Jacoby's photographs
the first bird
Gödel Escher Bach: Birthday Cantatatata
Father's Day (in pictures)
your cat for my car
Jobsnotes of note
world population map
no joy in Baker
vote smart
exact nonsense
introducing eyesFinder
to space
where are the desktop apps?
still the first bird
electoral fail
progress ratches
2020 explained